Refuge, Psalms 11-12

In the LORD I take refuge. Psalm 11:1

Refuge. It is another word that you will find often as you read the Psalms. David is so clear that it is in the Lord that he takes refuge. It will be stated again and again in the Psalms. Refuge is defined as “a shelter from danger or distress,” according to Webster. It is important to realize that I will take refuge somewhere. David has learned that it is the Lord in whom he can truly find refuge.

Truthfully, many times I have been tempted to look for refuge in things that are not able to keep me safe—relationships, finances, jobs, home, food, entertainment—and each has failed at some point. When I look to any of these for rescue (or escape), I find myself exposed to danger.

Proverbs 27:12 says, The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

I have found this to be so true in my life. I have kept going and suffered for it. I have also discovered how much greater is the joy of resting in the refuge of the Lord.

Father, help me always find my refuge in you. Keep me alert to danger. Help me see the places where I am vulnerable and then help me run to you, my Shield and Defender. Amen.